- Module description
African American Literature 1900-1960 (EAS3121)
This module examines the efflorescence of African American and Afro Caribbean cultural productivity in the first half of this century in the USA.
You will explore the phenomenon of the Harlem Renaissance, the debates around the representation of African Americans which occurred in the 1920s, the relation of black modernism to Anglo-American modernism, the importance of black music to the era, postwar developments in narrative and theatre, and the relationship between racial and national identity.
On completion of the module, you will have developed an appreciation of specific African American and Afro-Caribbean authors and texts as well as an understanding of the cultural politics of black literature in the United States between 1900 and 1960.